County commission discusses county infrastructure

GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County Commissioners on Thursday pondered a variety of grants, upcoming infrastructure projects as well as some debate over a sewer line running through a man’s back yard.

Karen Sprague, Gallia County administrator and Community Development Block Grant coordinator, handed a grant application to the commission. The application hopes to gather $93,000 to fund local projects. Clay Township looks to replace and pave the Bear Run Road bridge. Gallia County Senior Citizens Center wants to enact a roof repair. Ohio Township also hopes to repair King Cemetery Road. Commissioners approved the grant with some discussion as to how the money would be split in the future, provided the grant is awarded to the county.

Commissioners approved an application for the Critical Infrastructure Grant in hopes of being awarded $170,000 for the Clay Township Bear Run Road bridge project.

Commissioners also approved the final application for a federal grant meant to repair the Gallia-Meigs Regional Airport runway totaling at nearly $1 million. The runway will measure roughly 3,999 feet by 75 feet. It needs to be milled and overlayed with asphalt due to concern that the continuing degradation of the runway’s surface could pose hazards to operating aircraft. Shelly Co. bid the runway rehabilitation on May 15 at nearly $900,000.

The grant is anticipated to cover 90 percent of the project’s needs with 10 of the budget being locally matched. The matching funds will come from the county airport and general fund.

Larry Miles, a concerned citizen living by the Tara Apartment subdivision near Addison village, approached commissioners about an old sewer line on his property and find who is ultimately responsible for its maintenance. Since Miles’ home’s deed is from the 1970s, there was some question as to why the water line was not recorded on the document. He wishes to build a pool on his property. Commissioners advised him to speak with his attorney. In turn, they would speak with county representation and do further research into the problem.

County Commissioners then discussed with Jimmy Wiseman the county’s renewal of its liability insurance policy with CORSA. According to Commissioner David Smith, the policy covers all county property, buildings and individuals within the contract. He noted that many, if not most counties in Ohio made use of CORSA’s (County Risk Sharing Authority) services. The CORSA group is formed by the Ohio County Commissioners Association. The organization’s goal is to “greatly reduce the cost of premiums” according to Commissioner Vice President Harold Montgomery. Smith notes the county pays roughly $200,000 yearly for the insurance.

The commissioners entered executive session to discuss personnel issues related to CORSA.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.